October 2nd

Hey Gangeh,

Alohalani and I arrived safely this morning in Rome after a grueling but uneventful 36 hour plane ride. We were’nt tired when we arrived at our B&B so instead we went walking and walked to the Tiber river and many of the other sites. Please check out the latest photos on the first day in Rome. Lunch today was real pizza. It didn’t taste anything like what they have back home. It was a smooth cheese pizza that had a lovely tomato sauce that wasn’t “garlicy” or full of oregano. ‘Ono loa.
The buildings are ancient but have character. The churches here are gorgeous and the statues, sculptures and art seem alive. We saw Bernini’s fountains and walked on cobblestones that were older than formation of the American government.
We walked all over the central area. Had some really excellent Tokkai wine and real foccascia. The food is great, our room is gorgeous and we bought vegetables from the market. We also went to the butcher’s shop for prosciutto that had various aged meats and the best mozzarella cheese I’ve ever eaten. The birra wasn’t that great, but every wine I’ve had has been ‘ono loa. The people are courteous and kind. Everything is old and functioning in Italy. What a great way to start the vacation.
Hope all is well with everyone.
Kalei Nu’uhiwa
(c) 2009 Kalei Tsuha

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Nā Lei Aloha I Italia

Kalawao Bay where patients were often tossed from ships and left to swim to shore while beseiged by waves crashing along a rocky coastline. Photo: Blaine Fergerstrom
Kalawao Bay where patients were often tossed from ships and left to swim to shore while beseiged by waves crashing along a rocky coastline. Photo: Blaine Fergerstrom

Welcome to our new WordPress blog. Posts from our previous blog should be imported here shortly.

Here is a photo of Kalawao, Kalaupapa Peninsula, taken last year.

More on Italy

Here are more blurbs about Italy and Greece found in the Hawaiian language newspapers. These are articles about Egypt and some European history.


1. Ua hookaulanaia o Aigupita ma ka mooolelo, no ke kahiko ana o na mea maikai ana i loaa’i. Oia kahi i ulu ai na mea ike, a ua manao wale ia, malaila no hoi kahi i loaa mua ai ke kakau lima. I ka wa i noho hupo loa ai ko Heleni a me ko Italia , aia ma Aigupita ka ike a me ka naauao a me ka noho maikai ana. Mailaila mai ka naauao o ko Heleni a ina e manao kakou i ke kumu o ko kakou mea i ikeia, aia ma kapa o Nile.

Regarding Egypt.
1. Egypt is renown in stories for its collection of extraordinary items. It is a place where knowledge increased, and it is sometimes thought to be the place where the first hand writing occurred. During the time when Greece and Italy were unenlightened, Egypt had civilization, knowledge and enlightenment. It is also where Greece became enlightened and if we want to know where the source of our knowledge came from, it is located on the border of the Nile.

Hereʻs another blurb from a Historical Geography lesson:

Malalo iho o Auguseto, aia na aina he nui loa: o Sepania a me Farani kekahi, o Beritania a me Italia, o Helene, a me Geremania, kekahi mau aina ma Asia, a me Aigupita; o ke kaiwaenahonua a me na moku aina a pau malaila. Ua manaoia, akahi haneri a me ka iwakalua miliona kanaka.

Under Agustusʻs rule, there were many lands: Spain, France also, Britain, Italy, Greece, Germany, some lands in Asia, and Egypt; the Mediterranean sea and all the islands within. It is believed that there were approximately 120 million people.

Another article mentions the Roman Rulers:

O ROMA, o ka inoa ia o ke kulanakauhale nui ma Italia. He kulanakauhale nani, kahi i noho ai na Kaisara, na’lii hanohano o ko Roma aupuni nui loa, o Kaisara Iulio, o “Kaisara Augusate,” Luka iii. 1; o “Kaisara Tiberio,” Luka, iii. 1; o “Kaisara Kaligula; o “Kelaudio Kaisara.” Oihana xi 28; a me “Kaisara Nero,” Oihana xxv. 8, Pilipo iv. 22.

ROME, the name of the largest city is Italy. It is a lovely city, it is the place where the Caesars, the venerated monarchs of Roman Empire resided. Julius Caesar , “Augustus Caesar,” Luke III.1; “Tiberius Caesar,” Luke III.1; Caligula Caesar; Claudius Caesar.” Principal xi 28; and Nero Caesar,” Principal xxv. 8, Phillip iv.22.

Another about the first bell.


Ua hanaia ka bele mua, no ka hale pule, ma Italia. Aole akaka ka manawa. Ua laweia ua bele i Farani, M. H. 550; i Helevitia, 1020. He bele nui loa ma Moseko. Ua hanaia M. H. 1653. Eia kona mau pauna, 443,772

Eia ka pauna ana o kekahi ma Moseko, 127,836

Eia kekahi, 39,872

Eia hoi kekahi (o kona haku 2116) 179,200

O kekahi bele ma Parisa, 38,800

He iwakalua a me kumamalima kapuai o ke ana puni o ia bele.

O kekahi bele ma Viena, 39,640 O kekahi bele ma Okefoda o Toma Nui kona inoa, 17,000

O kekahi bele ma Ladana, 8,400

O kekahi bele ma Nanekina, 50,000

Ehiku bele ma Pikina, pakahi, 120,000

O kekahi bele maikai loa ma Geremania o Susane kona inoa, 12,870

Ua bapetisoia o Susane e kekahi kahuna o ka Pope. Eia ka manao o ka poe Pope. Ina i bapetiso lakou i ka bele, a hookani i ka manawa o ka ua, a me ka hekili, a me ka uila, alaila, ua paleia ka hewa a pau.

Regarding the Bells

The very first bell was made in Italy for the church. The time is not clear. This bell was taken to France in 550 A.D; then to Greece in 1020. Moscow has a really large bell. It was made in 1653. It weighs about 443,772 pounds.

This is how much another weighs in Moscow, 127, 836.

Another is 39,872

Hereʻs another ( itʻs cast is 2116) 179,200

One in Paris, 38,800

This bell is 25 feet in circumfrance.

One in Viena, 39,640 Another bell in Oxford, Tom is its name is 17,000

Another bell in London is 8,400

Another bell in Nanking is 50,000

Peking has seven bells that each weigh, 120,000

Another excellent bell from Germany, whose name is Susan is, 12,870

Susan was baptized by the Pope. Hereʻs what catholics believe. If their bell is baptized and rung at the time of rain, thunder & lightning all the transgressions/sins are forgiven.

These articles were often times utilized as lessons for the general public to read in the newspapers. Geography & Bible study lessons were some of the first articles printed and I would imagine were perhaps fascinating and different from what the Hawaiian worldview was at the time.
Ok Gang, will try and continue uploading other short stories from the newspapers. Hope it is enjoyable to you.

(c) 2009 Kalei Nuʻuhiwa

Alohalani shares her thoughts about Rome …

I lived in Rome for 16 years. I augmented her citizens by two when I gave birth to Lehua and Cristoforo, my daughter and my son who still live there. Although I am essentially a Hawaiian woman, the 21 years I lived traveling around the world have formed who I am today. I have two homes: Hawaiʻi and Rome.

Rome is so many things in my mind, but she is quintessentially female. She is an aristocrat decked out in the beauty of her fountains, parks, and belle arti. She is an aging courtesan with an interesting past. She is a young woman discovering the power of her femininity for the first time.

It is a sensual city full of sounds, odors, visuals, and foods to be savored.

During the Spring, the historical center is pervaded by the distinctive fragrance of the False Chestnut trees lining the Tiber river. The weather is as fickle as Roman politics. Huge vases of flowers along with youths line the stairs of the Spanish Steps. Skirts are suddenly shorter and necklines are lower.

The coming of Summer brings with it hoards of tourists and San Pietrini cobblestones baking in the sweltering heat. Italians and tourists alike sit at street-side tables. Conversation is punctuated by laughter and the clattering of dishes being served or taken away: pomodori al riso, pizza, spaghetti alle vongole. Cars crawl past the restaurant tables crowding the narrow streets while moped zing.

Fall is my favorite season there. It is gourmet heaven: Mushrooms,Truffles, and Monte Bianco dessert. It is finally cool enough to enjoy heartier dishes: amatriciana, carbonara, straccetti, bistecca fiorentino, patati arrosti, polenta con salcicce. A gastronomic litany for the palate.

In the Winter, the rain renders the cobblestones slick and unlocks the scent of history embedded in the cracks between them.The perfume of roasting chestnuts sold by street venders mingles with the odor of fireplaces and hovers in the cold air.

Ah, Roma. Ma quanta sei bella. You are so beautiful. I shall see you soon, once again.

Hawaiians and Italy

Aloha kakou!

It’s been a awhile since my last blog, but Ku’ulei has been busy. I’m reminded of a chef whose adding beautiful spices and colorful garnishes to a dish. Mahalo Ku’ulei.

As promised, here’s the first mention of Italy in the Hawaiian language newspapers. One of the first printed newspapers in Hawai’i was called, Ka Lama Hawaii. This newspaper began printing on February 14, 1834 by students of the Lahainaluna Seminary under the guidance of Lorrin Andrews and Sheldon Dibble. Articles often had lessons that were being taught in their classes. Classes included bible study, foreign language, astronomy, math, writing and world geography. The article below was printed on April 11, 1834. It posts a picture of a buffalo and begins describing the animal, the lands that different types of buffalo are found, and some information about the different places & uses of such an animal. Here’s the first mention of Italy:

Ma Italia, a me kekahi aina, e kauo no lakou ma ke auamo, e like me na bipi. Na lakou no e huki i ka oo palau, a me na kaa, e like me na bipi kauo. Ua like ka ikaika o na Bufalo elua, me na bipi eha a eono paha.
He ili maikai kona, i mea kamaa. Ma ke kahi aina, ua ai ia kona io, aka, ua eleele, a ua haona. Ma Italia, hana lakou i kona waiu i bata, a i waiu paa, aole nae i ono, ua aiia i ka poe hune wale no.

In Italy, as well as other lands, they are beasts of burden, like cattle. They are the ones that pull the plows, and carts similarly to oxen. The strength of two Buffalo equals that of four or perhaps six cattle.
It has good leather, for shoes. On other lands, the meat is eaten, however, the meat is black and malodorous. In Italy, they make butter and cheese with its milk, it isn’t delicious. It is only eaten by poor folk.

The article continues on to describe other foreign lands and uses of buffalo. At this point in Hawaiian history, ships from all over the world were stopping in Hawai’i to resupply, to trade, to hunt or prepare whale and to seek Hawaiians as crewmembers as they were known to be excellent watermen. The first ship to arrive in Hawai’i came in 1778. An inundation of foreign ships came shortly after for various reasons. Ships from England, France, Russia, America and Spain passed through Hawaiian waters. Hawaiians were jumping on ships to travel and see foreign lands. In fact at some point, Kamehameha established a law forbidding Hawaiians to leave Hawai’i as large numbers of Hawaiians were seeking ships to go abroad.

The next blog will have information regarding the first foreign ships to pass through Hawai’i…..
Hawaiians go abroad.
Kalei Nu’uhiwa

(c) 2009 Kalei Tsuha

We Are Three

July 19, 2009 – the day we agreed to travel together

Ku makou e hele nei me kuʻu mau pokiʻi

Ku makou e hele nei me kuʻu mau pokiʻi aloha,
Ka ʻaina a makou e ʻike ʻole ai ma lalo aku nei,
ʻAʻe makou me kuʻu pokiʻi, kau i ka waʻa,
Noʻiau ka hoe a Kamohoaliʻi….
These are the first lines of a traditional chant for the epic journey that Pele and her clan embark upon to foreign lands.
The first line states, Here my beloved siblings and I stand in preparation for travel.
The second line states, To lands beyond unknown and unseen to us.
The third line states, We and my siblings embark aboard the canoe.
The fourth line states, The paddle of Kamohoaliʻi is adept.

These lines were chosen to illustrate the traditional preparation, embarkment and experiences of a Hawaiian clan to lands beyond their own. Allegorically, this chant also illustrates the journey that three Hawaiian women have also begun. So, let us look at the lines of the chant as it applies to our new expedition.

Ku makou e hele nei me kuʻu mau pokiʻi aloha,
Here I stand with my two admirable siblings. My siblings are Kuʻulei Birnie and Alohalani Brown. My name is Kalei Nuʻuhiwa. We have joined together for many reasons that Iʻm sure this blog will share. These two women and I are friends and sisters, passionate about our children, our mana wahine and our involvement with the revivication & continuum of things Hawaiian. We are preparing to go to Italy.

Ka ʻaina a makou e ʻike ʻole ai ma lalo aku nei,
To lands that we have not yet experienced beyond our borders. Both Kuʻulei & Alohalani have been to Italy. Kuʻulei is a world traveler & Alohalani lived in Italy for many years. Iʻve never been to Italy. I go to seek the different waters of Kane & fires of Pele within these countries. Water to flow… Fire to glow…

ʻAʻe makou me kuʻu pokiʻi, kau i ka waʻa,
My siblings and I dare to launch upon this venture together aboard this canoe of self discovery and reconnection. Self discovery of our own personal journeys of the past, present and future and the reconnection to family, to history, to water, & to fire.

Noʻiau ka hoe a Kamohoaliʻi
Kamohoaliʻiʻs ancestral knowledge of foreign lands will guide us througout our trip in Europa. We will tap into our ancestral knowlege, our DNA, to find that which feeds our fire and that which ebbs and flows the tides of our waters.. The Ahi within us- that spark that may change oneʻs path or that spark that feeds our passion in what ever matters to us. The Wai within us- Wai as water, wai as the repository, wai as mana, wai as who our water source is or who our family is, wai as our kino wailua or spiritual essence. We go to see the canonization of Father Damien, with other Hawaiians as Maʻi Hoʻokaʻawale or Maʻi Aliʻi has affected every single Hawaiian in one shape or form. We go to acknowledge the sacrifice our Hawaiian families endured through this disease and the sacrifice Father Damien made to help those inflicted with the disease. We also go to honor our family members who were torn from their existence and left at Kalawao. We go to reconnect with family members.

Hawaiians have been to Europe before and I will try to post stories from the Hawaiian language newspapers that prove this statement.

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to come with us on our adventure called: Naleialoha i Italia. Kuʻulei & Kalei are Nalei and aloha is Alohalani. We are Naleialoha…..

ʻAʻeʻaʻe kau i ka nalu, Embarking upon the waves,
He nalu haki kakala,are breaking waves,
He nalu e ʻimi ana i ka ʻaina e hiki aku ai…. These are waves seeking land to arrive upon.

~Kalei Nuʻuhiwa
(c) 2009 Kalei Tsuha